Trip 24 Carp Fishing – 2021

Location – Roach Pit

Hours – 69 hours

Swim – Wind Tunnel

This session, I’m out on the new syndicate water for a couple of nights.  I arrived just after noon, I think I will have to adjust my arrival time, as there were still plenty of members still fishing.  I very nearly had to wait for a swim I fancied.  Don’t get me wrong, there were certainly a few available to choose from.  I’d done some research into the area or part of the lake where I felt it would give me the best opportunity for a carp.

When I arrived, I did a lap of the lake to get a feel for where everyone had been fishing.  I had a good look in the snags and this swim floated my boat the most.  There’s a large plateau off the side of the island which gave me the option of putting a bait near the island, off to my right along the margins or even in the bay area (if the lake is pretty quiet over the 48 hours period).  If I really fancy it, I’ve the option of a third night, but we will see how the first 48 hours go.

All 3 rods are spread out over the plateau covering a good chunk of water.  I’m hoping that as the weather is due to be a lot warmer and the wind is due to swing around to the south, which is almost into my face.  The wind is supposed to flit about a bit between south west, south east, and a southerly.  This is all pretty favourable for my swim, if the carp venture out of their spring hiding holes and fancy warmer waters I’m hoping they visit the plateau.

I’ve put out about a kilo of my ground bait mixture which is spread between all three rods so they are all connected together and I’m fishing 3 types of hook baits, Smokey Jack, Classic Corn, and Catalyst this will give me (or the carp) plenty of options.

I have a friendly swan (or cygnet should I say) who may get on my nerves after the first 24 hours.  I’ve sunk the tip of my rod, which will hopefully stop any false bleeps.  It’s just into feeding up and down my margins.

The night was bleep and frost free, when I woke up, I was confronted by a wall of fog, so thick that I couldn’t see the island.  It was all gone by 9 am, the sun was shining and all set for a beautiful day.

The wind picked up from the south and was blowing nicely into my face.  The left-hand rod gave a couple of bleeps and the reel ticked away slowly.  I picked up the rod and found myself with the first of a few tench I was to have this session.  It was a nice size and over the size limit of having to put it on the stock pond, which is lucky for me as it is a long walk to the other end of the lake from this bank.  It was still early and plenty of time for another take, a fresh bait was put on and cast back out.

A view down the long bank.

My plan was to reel in at 1 pm and spend an hour or two in the boat.  I will do some exploring with my Deeper, and then get my bait back out there for the afternoon and evening.

By 3 pm I’d moved 2 of my rods; 1 to a completely different spot and the other just a couple of wraps further out onto the plateau.  I put my second bucket of bait out over the three areas.  I didn’t feel the need for a great deal of bait at the moment, only a few carp had been captured over the past few weeks.  They were clearly not on the munch for bait yet.

It’s now time to sit back, enjoy the view with a bite to eat and a brew.  Fingers crossed for a carp this afternoon or overnight.

Another lovely morning and after a couple more tench in the night, I’m getting even hopefully that a carp will soon pick my bait up.  It will happen at some point along the way, that I’m 100% confident about, which is why I don’t get caught up I’m blanking all the time.  I’m just happy I’m out on the bank and confident that I’ve given a 100 % into my fishing.  It will all come together, take it seriously and focus on getting it all right, let the rest of it just flow and you will enjoy fishing a lot more.

I’m hopefully going to do the same as yesterday and wait until 1 pm.  I will then reel in, get out in the boat again for another hour, map a bit more of the lake and then get the rods out for the last night.

It’s a lovely time to be at the bank

1 30 pm and I was out in the boat baiting up my swim.  I was taking a good look about and towing the Deeper behind the boat mapping the lake as I go.

Covering a lot of ground in the boat is extremely handy, as summer gets closer and more anglers are about, I want to be able to cover so much ground each trip.

Everything is all set for the last night and I can’t do anything more than I’ve done.

My last morning arrived and only one tench in the night.  There was less disturbance in the swim, except for the geese charging about and honking all night.  The joys of spring fishing!

It’s been a pleasant few days and nights on the bank and I’m looking forward to my next trip on here.

Until next time


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About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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